President Donald Trump has only been in office for three months, but already Sen. Elizabeth Warren is evading speculation about whether she will challenge him in 2020.
The Massachusetts senator stopped by Today to talk about her new book, This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class, which hits stores on Tuesday.
Some have suggested the book could be an early launchpad for a 2020 presidential run, but when host Savannah Guthrie asked Warren about her plans, she flatly denied the book was a prelude to a presidential run.
“No, this is not what I’m doing,” Warren said. “This is my eleventh book. My life’s work is about what’s happening to working families across this country.”
When Guthrie pressed her on whether “No” meant “No, I’m not running,” Warren instead discussed the upcoming 2018 senate race.
“I’m running in 2018 for senator from Massachusetts,” Warren said. “I am deeply blessed that the people from the Commonwealth sent me to Washington to fight for them, and that’s what I’ll keep on doing.”
Before letting the issue drop, co-host Matt Lauer jumped in to mention that people have been printing up 2020 bumper stickers with “She Persisted” on them, referring to when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell prevented Warren from reading a letter from Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor. In response, Warren simply gave Lauer a tight-lipped smile.
“Let the transcript reflect silence,” Guthrie concluded.